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Gold ETFs register Rs 730 cr outflow in 2017

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Investors continued to pull out from gold (ETFs) and withdrew 730 crore in 2017, making it the fifth consecutive year of outflow from such products.

The outflow meant asset under management (AUM) of gold funds plunged by 12 per cent to 4,855 crore during the period under review, latest data with Association of Mutual Funds in (Amfi) showed.

Over the last few years, have been putting in more into equity, as compared to gold ETFs, mainly on account of strong return.

Equity and equity-linked saving schemes saw an infusion of close to 1.5 lakh crore last year, while overall mutual fund schemes witnessed an inflow of Rs 2.4 lakh crore.

As per Amfi data, a net sum of Rs 730 crore was pulled out of 14 gold-linked ETFs last year as compared to Rs 942 crore in 2016.

It had witnessed an outflow of Rs 891 crore, Rs 1,651 crore and Rs 1,815 crore in 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively. In 2012, gold ETFs saw an inflow of Rs 1,826 crore.

"Lacklustre performance by and gold, and low interest rates on traditional savings instruments have contributed in pushing investor flows into equities," Bajaj Capital said.

Gold ETFs are passive instruments that are based on price movements and investments in physical gold.

"While demand from has traditionally buttressed gold prices globally, sound rally in the Indian equity markets in 2017 has meant that gold as an asset class has not been favoured. A strong Indian may mean a sober outlook for gold," Vidya Bala, at said.

Going ahead, Chirag Mehta, Manager- Alternative Investments at Quantum AMC said: "Both demand and prices will rise the next time the economic and political environment inspires investors to rush even more dramatically back to gold".

"The world continues to remain in state of great disequilibrium, both with respect to the global economy and geopolitics as well. The fallout of the geopolitics globally seems to now cap the downsides in gold. Given the macroeconomic picture, gold will be a useful portfolio diversification tool and thereby helping you to reduce overall portfolio risk," he added.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 16:56 IST